House Calls

House Calls Started This Year

House calls are meant for patients who are temporarily or permanently home bound, or for other good reasons can't make it into the office.

To schedule a house call: Tel (203) 853-1919; email

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Coupons for medications

We are keeping your out of pocket costs in mind!

Did you know that we have a large collection of money-saving coupons for your brand name prescription medications?

Click here to see the list, and check it periodically. It will be expanded and updated regularly.

If you are already taking coupon-bearing medications, all you have to do is drop by the office and pick up the coupon(s). Otherwise, discuss the possibility of switching to a coupon-bearing medication at your next visit.

In addition, our office has the lists of generic medications that are available at major pharmacies at large discounts (e.g. $10 for a three month supply), and antibiotics dispensed absolutely free of charge. Don't hesitate to ask at your next visit.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Weight and antidepressants – what's the connection?

Depression in the US is widespread, increasing gradually since WWII. More than 30 million Americans are thought to have depression, with two thirds of them women. Not surprising in the age of an economic crisis.

Many Americans with depression are now taking antidepressant medication, such as Celexa, Prozac, Wellbutrin or Elavil, to name a few.

Obesity in the US is even more widespread, with 70% of adults classified as overweight, and half of them classified as medically obese. The harmful consequences of obesity are well known; no need to repeat them here.

Does the use of antidepressants affect your weight? For many, this is a valid health question. For others, especially women (but not limited to women), it's also a social issue, a body-image issue, and many times a reason for refusing to use medically-necessary antidepressant medication.

Many patients on antidepressants gain weight. Is it a direct effect of the antidepressant, or is it that some patients begin to enjoy life more, and "celebrate" it with more eating.

Others lose weight. Is this a direct effect of the medication, or is it that these patients can now better deal with the realities of life and better control their eating habits and exercise?

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